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College of Arts & Sciences
Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute

Contributions to the Summary of Current Knowledge about Community Resilience

Lead Investigator: Dr. Susan Cutter, University of South Carolina

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Community and Regional Resilience Initiative (CARRI) ( is a regional program designed to develop a process by which communities and regions can be better prepared to withstand the effects of natural and human-made disasters. This project facilitates collaboration with CARRI to advise on research and its implementation at three study sites: Memphis, TN; Charleston, SC; and Gulfport, MS. This project also provides state-of-the-art reviews of human responses to hazards and disasters and community resilience indicators. Using knowledge from the research traditions of hazard response and emergency preparedness, the project team prepared a written summary of current knowledge in the field of research related to community resilience, framed in connection with four characteristics of a resilient community: it anticipates, it reduces vulnerabilities, it responds, and it recovers.


Cutter, S.L., C.G. Burton, and C.T. Emrich, 2010. "Disaster Resilience Indicators for Benchmarking Baseline Conditions." Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 7(1), Article 51.

Cutter, S. L., L. Barnes, M. Berry, C. Burton, E. Evans, E. Tate, and J. Webb, 2008. Community and regional resilience: Perspectives from hazards, disasters, and emergency management. CARRI Research Report 1. Oak Ridge National Lab: Community and Regional Resilience Initiative.

Cutter, S. L., L. Barnes, M. Berry, C. Burton, E. Evans, E. Tate, and J. Webb. 2008. A place-based model for understanding community resilience to natural disasters. Global Environmental Change 18 (4) 598-606.